The “Wayne Train” has officially left the station, leaving another big void in an offense that lost plenty of top-notch talent to the NFL. This would be a big problem for most teams, and while Clemson’s problems are not immediately solved, they do have loads of talent ready and waiting to go.
Tiger fans have seen a decent body of work from running backs Adam Choice and C.J. Fuller. Choice was having a solid season in 2014 before an injury derailed the rest of his year and all of 2015. Fuller has had a decent amount of success as a runner, but excels in the kick return and pass catching game.
While both of those backs will be mentioned quite a bit next season, there is one name that really stands out as the No. 1 guy.
Tavien Feaster, the top running back in the country coming out of high school in 2016, flashed shades of brilliance in the limited action he saw last year.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound back ran for 220 yards on 37 carries to go along with two touchdowns in his freshman season.
Feaster is competing every day for the starting job, but he said he is having fun, taking it day by day.
“Just to have fun with it…and put myself in position to win the job, you know and don’t take anything for granted,” he said. “Just grind every day.”
Preparing for the role of feature back, Feaster will have to refine every part of his game, especially with a new quarterback under center.
“I’m working on every single aspect of my game,” said Feaster. “I feel like I can grow and get better and be a better player and help contribute to this team.”
There is one area that Feaster said he was especially working on.
“In order for me to get on the field I have to be able to pass block. The coaches explained that to me…so going to work, putting in the overtime in the weight room just to get my body ready and have a shot to win it,” he said.
Even with Feaster’s impressive combination of size, power and speed, Fuller and Choice are right behind him, constantly pushing him.
“Everyday you’re going to have to outwork those guys, a guy like Adam, a guy like C.J. come to work every day. I really appreciate that,” said Feaster. “They’re pushing me on and off the field and I really appreciate that.”
In addition to getting to work behind and learn from Gallman, Feaster said, more than anything, sitting on the sideline helped him grow and develop even more, as a player and a person.
“It helped me grow a lot, on and off the field. Just appreciating the moments that I got on the field,” he said. “I got to be there for a national championship and contribute on special teams so I was thankful just to be there.”